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Girls' Last Tour

Japanese animated tv series (2017); original title Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō. White Fox. Based on the Manga by Tsukumizu. Directors include Takaharu Ozaki. Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu and Tsukumizu. Voice cast includes Kana Hanazawa, Yurika Kubo and Inori Minase. Twelve (24 minute) episodes. Colour. / A brief flashback conveys that soldiers arriving at their settlement led to "grandfather" persuading sensible bookworm Chito (Minase) and impulsive, illiterate Yuuri (Kubo) to take ...

Underwood, Erin

(?   -    ) US publisher and author, founder of a book fiction blog which evolved into Underwords Press in 2012; it specializes in Young Adult material. She continues as publisher of the press. She began to publish work of genre interest with "The Foam Born" in Bloodstones (anth 2012) edited by Amanda Pillar, but has been more active as an editor of Original Anthologies, including the Futuredaze sequence beginning with Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Fiction ...

Gott, Samuel

(1614-1671) UK parliamentarian and author. Son of an ironmonger, educated at Cambridge and the Inns of Court, Gott was a Presbyterian and a member of the circle around educational reformer Samuel Hartlib. In 1645 he was elected to parliament for Winchelsea, but was excluded in Pride's Purge of 1648. In the same year he published a Utopia, Nova Solymæ Libri Sex (1648 2vols; trans Walter Begley as The Ideal City, or Jerusalem Regained: An Anonymous Romance Written in the Time of Charles I: ...

Petrosyan, Mariam

(1969-    ) Armenian cartoonist, painter and author whose first novel, Dom, v kotorom ... (2009; trans Yuri Machkasov as The Gray House 2017), is an exercise in intensely Political Fantastika. The eponymous house – a Keep-like Zone containing portals to other Dimensions – can be understood to satirize (see Satire) the pecksniff bureaucratic lunacies at the heart of any modern hierarchical label-obsessed state [for Estates Satire see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Mind Game

Japanese animated film (2004). Based on the Manga by Robin Nishi. Studio 4°C. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa. Voice cast includes Takashi Fujii, Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda and Seiko Takuma. 103 minutes. Colour. / After an opening fast-cut montage, set to ominous music, of events surrounding the life of 20 year old aspiring manga artist Nishi (Imada), we see him running into his old school crush, Myon (Maeda). Then their relationship had gone nowhere because of his indecisiveness; ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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